Then they fight you… Barnett’s new anti-protest laws

The WA Liberal Party’s vague new anti-protest laws are a legal over-reach which reverse the ‘onus of proof’ and damage the credibility of the entire legal system.

Having lost several pet projects to public opposition, Barnett has moved from ignoring and ridiculing activist to trying outlaw us.

The Criminal Code Amendment (Prevention of Lawful Activity) Bill means any person suspected of preparing to use a ‘thing’ to obstruct a ‘legal activity’, could be locked up for 24 months and face huge fines.

Additionally, people charged under these laws will be forced to pay costs associated with their arrest; violent criminals aren’t even forced to pay that.

But these laws will not stop activists from putting our bodies on the line in defence of what we believe in. We know this means we are having an impact, our strategy and tactics are working. We will continue.

It begs a few questions though: Continue reading Then they fight you… Barnett’s new anti-protest laws

Not in my name, Tony #100daysofblogging #Day37

Not in my name

Here’s a list of Government policies to which I say, NOT IN MY NAME:

  1. Spending $24bn on high-tech Jet Fighters for use in offensive warfare.
  2. Locking refugees up in prison and wasting years of their lives in ‘processing’
  3. Rolling back billions of dollars worth of Indigenous programs
  4. Allowing rich people to ‘buy’ an Australian Visa
  5. Exempting the WA Government from protected species laws to enable shark cull
  6. Ratcheting up military pressure on China via large US military presence in Australia
  7. Compromising Australia’s universal health care system, Medicare, via ‘co-payments’
  8. Participating in warrant-less mass-surveillance of private online communications
  9. Subsidising the logging of Native Forest in WA to the tune of $20,000,000 per year
  10. Transferring more than $2,000,000,000 of tax-payer money to mining corporations each year via Diesel Fuel Subsidy
  11. Repealing Australia’s renewable energy legislation
  12. Abandoning Australia ‘mining tax’ – it should be strengthened not abandoned

It’s a saying I’m sure you have seen before.

It has a tendency to appear more often when the Liberal Party have a majority in Parliament.

For me the words are reminiscent of the invasion and occupation of Iraq. Continue reading Not in my name, Tony #100daysofblogging #Day37

noWAsharkcull crew take it to the EPA #100daysofblogging #day25

#noWAsharkcull crew at the EPA office in Perth.
Image via AAP, that’s me in the green hat and shiny suit.

Some #noWAsharkcull crew today visited the office of the Environment Protection Authority on St George’s Terrace, Perth.

The aim was to deliver a scroll of messages and a book of photos to Paul Vogel. The messages on the scroll came from both here in Western Australia and from others around the world, all calling for an end to the shark cull in WA.

The real aim was to get the campaign back in the media, and combined with yesterday’s media blow-up, it has worked. We got media for what really was just a few people with a desire to see the head of the EPA, who in my opinion absolutely should be meeting with environmental movements.

If the EPA won’t even meet with us, after we break all their records for public submissions, what does that say about them? Maybe they will, we have requested a meeting with Paul Vogel between now and July the 4th, while the Public Environmental Review is still open.

We will see what happens, maybe he will prove open to discussion about alternatives.  Continue reading noWAsharkcull crew take it to the EPA #100daysofblogging #day25

Peter Greste and the Silencing of Protest #100daysofblogging #Day22

Write What You're Told!In Egypt a yesterday, 3 al-Jazeera journalists including Australian Peter Greste received jail sentences of 7-10yrs on trumped up charges of ‘aiding terrorists’ and ‘endangering national security’.

So ironic as to be humorous, coming from a government which seized power in a military coup.

Their recent ‘Presidential Election‘ failed to get 50% of eligible voters even turn out, a major failure for any democratic system. Despite non-voters being threatened with large fines. Despite voting being open for a full 3 days.

For comparison, elections in Australia last year received a 93% turnout. As much as it pains me to say it, the Abbott Government is a legitimate government. shudder.

All is not OK for the democratic right to protest in Australia though. 

In the State of Victoria, the Liberal Party government passed extreme ‘anti protest’ laws allowing police to ban protesters from an area for up to 12 months. The Tasmanian Government have gone further, threatening activists and protesters with mandatory jail time. It’s not just government going on the attack against civilian movements.

Corporations are hiring ‘intelligence operatives’ to infiltrate activist networks and disrupt them, even here in Australia.

Continue reading Peter Greste and the Silencing of Protest #100daysofblogging #Day22

Too cool for school: Hair-dye protest at KSHS #100daysofblogging #day11

Bright hair dye
Image courtesy of raidianthair.deviantart.com

I was on the train on the way home from work today when a group of 4 teenage girls got on the train, sat around me and started talking to each other. It was a little annoying to be talked around, but I wasn’t overly phased. In fact their conversations were, as teenagers conversations often are, quite amusing.

As we went past Seaforth station they began talking about a ‘protest’ at Kelmscott Senior High School today. That piqued my interest. I completed years 8, 9 and 10 at KSHS before moving on to graduate at Sevenoaks Senior College.

My mum and aunties went to that school and so did my little sister and cousins. It’s kind of our ‘stomping ground’. This was the first time I’d ever heard of any sizeable ‘protest’ at the high school.

They spoke about how more than 30 students had died their hair bright colours in protest of new school ‘uniform’ rules banning bright coloured hair. These four were all TAFE students, so they hadn’t been there, but their friends had. They received picture messages as proof before getting off the train.

Two of them said they would’ve joined in too. Continue reading Too cool for school: Hair-dye protest at KSHS #100daysofblogging #day11